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? >>> overseas secretary of state john kerry delivered a blunt message to the government of iraq today. it was all about what's happening with syria and iran. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell is with the secretary in baghdad. >> reporter: john kerry is the first secretary of state to come to iraq since hillary clinton in 2009. it's his first visit since he came as a senator at the height of the civil war in 2006. arriving today in secrecy, in the week when iraq saw some of its worst terrorist attacks in years to mark the tenth anniversary of the war. but kerry did not come primarily to discuss iraq. despite the smiles for the cameras, the secretary of state confronted iraq's prime minister maliki, accusing him of colluding with iran to prop up the assad regime by permitting almost daily weapons shipments from iran to syria through iraq's airspace. >> we had a very spirited discussion on the subject of the overflights. i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helping to sustain president assad. and his regime. >> repo
to see you. >> thank you. >> harris: u.s. secretary of state john kerry says that iraq is involved with the civil war in syria. how? the secretary says that iraq has been helping prop up assad as he fights for power there. kerry making an unannounced visitor to iraq and meeting with nuri al-maliki. and stopping the flow of weapons into neighboring syria. weapons that are only making the civil war more deadly. and steve centanni is here. how are they flowing into syria? >> reporter: according to u.s. officials there are flights just about every day, from iran to syria travelling across the iraqi air space. iran says they carry humanitarian aid, but u.s. says they carry weapons to the syrian government. and secretary of state john kerry urged al-maliki to crack down on the flights requiring they land in iraq for inspection before continuing on to syria. >> we had a very spirited discussion on the subject of the overflights and i made it very clear, anything that supports president assad is problematic. >> kerry suggested the future of u.s.-iraqi relations is hanging in the balance he
forward to the series all week long. thank you very much. >>> secretary of state john kerry visited the site of america two most recent wars as the bloody conflict threatens the entire region. james rosen has the story. >> on his surprise trip to afghanistan, secretary of state john kerry received assurances from afghan president hamid karzai that he does not believe the u.s. to be colluding with taliban. mercurial afghan leader claimed the comments he made to the effect three weeks ago when the defense secretary chuck hagel visited kabul was taken out of context. >> translator: we remain gratal for everything you have done to rebuild afghanistan and security forces. we conveyed the expression of gratitude to the president of the united states. and to the excellency the secretary. >> roughly 100,000 u.s. troops remain in afghanistan but set to leave the country by end of 2014. aides to kerry said he pressed karzai to ensure next year's afghan election where karzai will not be a candidate will be free and fair. >> the united states of america is committed beyond 2014 to the governmen
, overseas, on the heels of tough talk in iraq, secretary of state john kerry gets ready for a face-to-face meeting with president karzai in afghanistan. we'll go live to kabul in just a minute. >>> and back at home, the biggest voices in the gun debate square off as congress gets ready to consider changes that have both sides up in arms. >> good morning from mason middle school in mason, ohio. today is monday, march 25th, 2013. and this is "the daily rundown." >> our thanks to the eighth graders at mason middle school in ohio. even that kid lying down. that would have been me in eighth grade. good morning to all of you. i'm chris alizza in for chuck todd this morning. secretary of state john kerry is in afghanistan on a previously unannounced appearance in the war zone. the second stop on a solo trip that took him to iraq over the weekend. but this was no photo op. kerry took the opportunity to have what he called a spirited discussion with iraqi leaders about their failure to stop or even inspect daily flights from iran, carrying weapons to the syrian army through iraqi air space.
, thanks so much. zain asher there. >>> secretary of state john kerry dropping in to meet with president hamid karzai. announcement coming at a time of tension as you can imagine between president karzai and coalition forces and u.s. forces in afghanistan. >> those tensions escalated this month after a bomb blast in kabul that killed nine people, kerry and president karzai just wrapping up a news conference actually. we'll update you on any developments from that. >>> also in afghanistan today another sign that u.s. involvement there is now winding down. the united states handed over full control of a prison near bagram air base to afghan authority. >> the transfer announced a year ago was supposed to take place within six months, but tensions with president karzai and concerns about how afghanistan would handle certain prisoners delayed the handover until now. >> and cbs is now apologizing to veterans who objected to a scene, this is from the reality show "the amazing race." this episode here was shot in vietnam. contesnts there were sent to the hanoi memorial to find a clue they needed
of state is making a surprise visit to iraq. john kerry is pressing iraqi leaders over the war in syria. iraqig them from entering airspace. jane has more. >> the u.s. secretary of state has arrived on his first official visit. not a surprise, but certainly unannounced given the security situation here. he is expected to discuss the issue of syria with the prime minister. particularly the pledge to check the iranian flights going to syria for weapons. iraq has checked out two of those flights since making the promise. there are other issues the u.s. would like to weigh in on, othering the increasing provinces protested what had been going on since december. all in all quite a volatile time just days after the 10th anniversary of the start of the iraq war. the prime minister is grappling with issues inside the country and around the borders. the outbound president will travel there and that much to discuss. stretching from the continent. why are proposed new laws against homosexuality worrying day russians? -- gay russians? >> hello, combat. we start with a look at europe, printing some
of state john kerry making a surprise visit to kabul in afghanistan. can he smooth over tensions with hamid karzai? >> then, could amanda knox face another trial despite being cleared of her roommate's murder. italian judges ruling on an appeal this morning. we're live in rome. >> and jaw dropping video of a great white shark thrashing its way into a shark cage with the diver inside. we're going to talk to the man behind the camera coming up in a little bit. >> but everyone's favorite jersey girl, snooki, is here live talking about her new body, her beau, and her just baptized baby boy. it's monday, march 25th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> we are going to begin with winter's last gasp in spring. or should i say allegedly spring. from missouri to pennsylvania, millions of people dealing with rainy, snowy, slushy, awfulness. in indianapolis yesterday, too many fender benders to count. you have to check out this video. the weather rendering parts of st. louis nearly invisible. if you squint you can see it. parts of eastern indiana and western ohio were under a western storm warning t
with afghanistan's leader to hash out differences. frantic was today's watch word as secretary of state john kerry made an unannounced visit to kabul meeting with president hamid karzai and smoothing over u.s.-afghan tensions at a joint news conference. >> i appreciate enormously our friendship. and i know that you share with me a sense that this next year could well be one of the most important in the modern history of afghanistan. >> ifill: the show of unity followed new flare-ups as the u.s. winds down its combat mission there. after a deadly bombing this month, karzai was quoted as saying the u.s. colluded with the taliban to destabilize his country and to justify a continued u.s. presence beyond the december 2014 pullout date. today though he denied he had made that charge. >> there is a collusion? i never used the word "collusion" between the taliban and the u.s. those were not my words. those were picked up by the media. >> ifill: kerry in turn said he had reached an understanding with karzai on the matter. >> we're on the same page. i don't think there's any disagreement between us. i'm ve
. back to washington. >> shannon: secretary of state john kerry wrapping up a whirlwind trip to iraq. he flew to baghdad a short time ago, days after the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in iraq. kerry's mission, press iraqi leaders on ending sectarian violence and urging iran to syria. i'm shannon bream. live from the nation's capitol, america's news headquarters. we go to steve centanni more. >> the central issue is whether iraq's president or prime minister, a shiite muslim is helping to support the assad regime in syria, allowing the over flights by iran. now, if so, that raises serious questions about u.s./iraqi relations going forward. secretary kerry met with iraqi prime minister malkey in his unannounced stroz baghdad today. and those iranian flights were at the top of the agend a. the secretary and the prime minister had a private meeting that kerry described as a spirited discussion. when it was over, the secretary told reporters, quote, anything that supportings president assad is problematic. i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran ar
the easter recess. >> john kerry made a visit to iraq sunday. he met with prime minister alaba. >> the issue is flying over iran allegedly flying over iraq to deliver stuff to syria. >> that is part of what they talked about. they talked about the local leblgss going on in iraq and of course talked about the iraq's drone in syria. secretary of state john kerry is putting pressure on iraq's president to stop forces from using the airspace to transport what he claims to be weapons and fighters in its fight against rebel forces on the ground. >> i made it very clear that for those of us engaged in an effort to see the president step down and to see a democratic process take hold with a transitional government according to the geneva commune kay for those of us engaged in that effort anything that supports president assad is problematic. >> problematic indeed. iraq however along with iran defends the oversight. malki basically says and senior officials say that the flights are for humanitary concerns. secretary kerry says the over flights are something that are threatening the relations between
early." thanks for being up with us. a lot to talk about on this monday, march 25th including john kerry pressuring iraq when it comes to turning a blind eye on iranian weapon shipments into syria. we'll have a live report. >>> plus, the senate passes its first budget in four years without a single republican vote with another very different plan coming from the house, is there room for either side to give any ground whatsoever? we'll look at that. >>> first to the rest of the news live at 5:30 at 30 rock in new york city and we begin with the nation's ongoing debate over gun safety. after weeks of bipartisan negotiations between senators chuck schumer and tom coburn failed to advance it, now appears john mccain emerged as a critical player in talks to expand background checks for private firearms sales. the hill reports republican senators susan collins and dean heller could sign off after democrats included several modifications aimed at attracting support from the right. a recent quinnipiac poll finds 09% of the public is in favor of universal background checks. they've had a tougher
over secretary of state john kerry made today during his unannounced visit to afghanistan. Ñw? >>> prince harry is scheduled to visit the united states in may. he is expected to play polo in connecticut to raise money for a charity. he plans to visit aural national cemetery and see game -- arlington national cemetery and see games. and he plans to visit with victims of hurricane sandy. >>> secretary of state john kerry smoothed over reports. >> i am confidence the president does not believe the united states has any interest except to see the sal ban make police -- taliban make peace. [ inaudible ] >> does not mean a collusion between the united states and the taliban. >> this meeting came on a day when the united states handed over to the afghans its prison. they decided to the hand-off a year ago but the united states hesitated. >>> they will issue a ruling in 8 hours on whether or not amanda knox will be tried again for murder. amanda knox was not in court for today's six hours of arguments. this is video. prosecutors want the judges to over turn the acquittals of amanda kn
carried out by syrian staff themselves. u.s. secretary of state john kerry made an unannounced visit to afghanistan and vowed to stick by president hamid karzai despite mr. karzai's hostility toward the u.s.-led military efforts in the country. earlier this month the afghan president accused the u.s. of can lewding with the taliban -- colluding with the taliban. italy's highest court has put off until tomorrow a verlander on whether or not amanda knox and her former boyfriend should face a fresh trial for the murder of an english student. having been convicted, ms. fox and the other were later acquitted in 2007. the girl was found dead in her apartment in italy. rebel forces have seized control of the capital of the central african republic and forced the president to take temporary refuge in neighboring cameroon. 13 south african soldiers were killed in a battle to defend the capital. now rebel leaders are debating who's in charge and the situation is unstable with widespread a lotting right across the city. driving is -- driving rebels out of the city of northern mali only took the
. >> rick: we appreciate that. >> heather: on a surprise trip to iraq john kerry has a message for the iraqi government saying iraq should not allow iran to fly african-americans and spiders to the war there. the secretary pushing iraq leaders to end sectarian violence. steve is joining us live from washington with more on this story. >> reporter: the central issue here is whether iraq's president the prime minister, that is, a she'ite muslim is helping to support the assad regime in syria. now, secretary kerry met with iraqi president nouri al-maliki during a visit in baghdad today. those iranian flights were at the top of the agenda. they had what kerry described as a spirited discussion. here is the secretary. >> anything that supports president assad is problematic and you i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helping to sustain president assad and his regime. >> reporter: the u.s. believes the iranian aircraft flying over iraq are carrying weapons to arm the syrian government but tehran says they are delivering only humanitarian aid there.
.m. thing. six minutes after the hour. secretary of state john kerry remains in the middle east this morning. on sunday he met with the syrian president but he made little headway convincing him to stop allowing the flow of arms and troops fueling syria's bloody civil war. secretary kerry is accusing iraq of helping syrian president by allowing arms and fighters from iran to cross into syria from iraq. >>> and former penn state assistant coach jerry sandusky breaking silence from behind bars. a documentary filmmaker said he has recordings of telephone conversations with sandusky in jail that will air today on nbc. the family of the late joe paterno, the head football coach whose legendary career ended in disgrace is already speaking out. they call the recording, "a sad and unfortunate development that is transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims and anyone who cares about the truth in this tragic story." >>> a public memorial service for colorado's prison chief will be held today in colorado springs. come clemens was laid to rest yesterday. he was shot and killed tuesd
. >>brian: secretary of state john kerry making a surprise visit this weekend to baghdad. it's been a little more than a year since president obama ended war in iraq bringing the u.s. troops home. with little influence left in that war-torn country trying to rebuild the secretary is having trouble urging iraq's leaders to stop aiding iran and allowing the overflights of iran, what we believe to be weapons, ammunitions over to syria. the iranians are using iraqi airspace to make that happen. john kerry wants it to stop. how did he do? joining me now a man who fought in that war, c.e.o. of concerned veterans for america, pete hegseth. how much leverage does the skraeufrt have? >> not very much. you might say that this is our chickens coming home to roost. when you don't follow through and don't have influence and don't have a relationship then the prime minister of iraq is more likely to hedge towards iran and his neighbors to the east than he is to help us because we don't have that influence. the folks we have left in baghdad don't have a mandate to operate. john kerry shows up asking for a
's one of the many reasons that we're stuck. >> rose: okay. john kerry is the new secretary of state. cares about the middle east? interested. has been as chairman of the foreign relations committee. has many contacts in the region, many trips in the region, its unlikely he would appoint an envoy. he wants to do it himself i would assume. does that make a difference? >> it seems to be the case. it's the secretary of state, he has a certain gravitas. but ultimately you're going to have to have a president who is committed to this issue and i'm not convinced that president obama see this is other as a loser issue for him at this point. >> rose: so finally, aaron, when they come back you don't think we'll have a greater understanding between the two leaders? >> i think you will. and particularly i think on iran. i think netanyahu will continue to give the president the time and space he needs on the israeli/palestinian thing. i don't know, charlie. i really think that this is a tough one and with all due respect to secretary kerry, i wish him well but barack obama is the most controllin
, that's how secretary of state john kerry described president obama's first presidential visit to israel. the white house had set expectations low, but is there was one surprise, when the president persuaded israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to apologize to turkey over mistakes that led to the death of activists on a flotilla bound for gaza. let me bring in congressman elliott angle. good to see you. >> thank you. >> congressman mike rogers had a very different take than john kerry about the president's trip. let me play it for you. >> i thought the trip was a disappointment for us. i think the president squandered great opportunity to show leadership and push them in a place where they could get an agreement out of a meeting, didn't get it, got a speech, get to some agreement on the path forward on syria, didn't get that. >> so from your perspective, congressman, a disappointment, a success? somewhere in between? >> it was a great success. i was with the president. i flew with him on air force one, traveled with him. he was treated like a rock star in israel. >> how interesting,
meeting over the weekend with the u.s. secretary of state john kerry returns. he will meet with prime minister netanyahu saturday night and more substantive issues about the peace process may emerge in that particular meeting. but for the next two days, the talks between obama and the 10 yahoo will center on what are seen as shared fears, shared interest -- talk between obama fearstanyahu, on shared -- iran developing a nuclear weapon and a situation in syria which is seen very much as a threat to stability. these will be the issues that will dominate the discussion. is a the studio with me senior political analyst. mike was sending the main ground that these two leaders want to syria.ill be iran and there is a difference in opinion as to how imminent a threat iran and its nuclear program is. are they going to be able to find common ground here? >> yes, it is about how imminent in the threat, and even more important, how to deal with it. president obama insists it will be america that will call the shots on iran and not israel. that is a row, even if it has the right to act on its own
think the fact that his new secretary of state, john kerry, is very interested in doing exactly that at least leave that possibility open, and i think what will be much more interesting is not what happens while he is there on the ground but what happens after he leaves when senator kerry goes back and in the discussions he has with israelis and palestinians over the next several weeks. then we will know more over if there is a chance for a meaningful peace process. >> looking at the entire region, what is the significance of this? >> as i said before, his primary mission is to talk directly to the israeli public and reassure them that the united states stands behind israel at this particular moment of uncertainty, and heightened anxiety by the israeli public, and the primary focus in that regard is iran, the fear of iran gaining nuclear capability, and the spillover effect of the syrian conflict, and what that might mean for israeli security as well as long-term diplomatic efforts. to the extent that he has a message on the region, it is probably less about peace with palestini
-- his new secretary of state, john kerry, returns to israel saturday. as the president leaves he leaves behind slightly mended relationships, his with israel and israel's with turkey, aid to refugees, and a peace process that shows no sign of going anywhere. >> there have been clashes in leb abonn -- lebanon following the surprise resignation of the prime minister. his departure threatens to dangerous political void. >> the prime minister handed his resignation -- to the lebanese president. it has left many lebanese wondering what is going to happen next. >> i don't think it's going to matter much. they keep on changing but it's the same. i worry about problems happening between people. resign nk governments and are it has left many reassi business goes on as usual. >> some are trying to stay hopeful the party's move could pave the way for a unity government but most don't have such hope. one said the party just bandoned ship. ne accusation accused him of succumbing to pressure to start a fight with hezbollah. a few asked, why now? there is consensus here the root of the crisis lies in
morning. i'm alex witt. we have big stories at this hour. surprise stop. john kerry visits iraq. the president is back at the white house and the sunday reviews are in. is there success in the middle east? >>> schools are facing a financial meltdown. what could be next? >> decision imminent. could there be a whole new trial for amanda knox in italy? >>> plus, 14 people spanning four states, could it be you? good morning. i'm alex witt. thank you for joining us on this sunday. michael bloomberg squaring off with wayne lapierre on "meet the press". >> i think when you have members that say they think we should have reasonable checks before people are allowed to buy guns, they all support the second amendment as though i do, but there are an awful lot of people that think this is one of the great issues of our times. we have to stop -- >> you just heard mayor bloomberg but he's going to find out this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people and he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public. they don't want him in thei
of state john kerry has traveled to baghdad on an unannounced visit that he talks with the premised her. a minister. washington wants baghdad to .top flights the steering coalition refusing to accept the resignation of its leader. ahmed moaz al-khatib stepped down as head of syria's biggest opposition group, saying he felt his hands were tied in the role. ahmed moaz al-khatib led the coalition since september. police say there is no indication of foul play in the death of boris berezovsky. forensic scientists specializing in chemical, biological and radio logical substances found no evidence of unusual activity at the former russian oligarch's home. he was found dead there on saturday. he was once one of rush's demand and opponent of vladimir mansia's richest and opponent of vladimir putin. but hundred 29 people help the far right group, helping with money and forged papers. it was a nazi atrocity that justice forgot. villages massacred in tuscany. it took more than 50 years for the alleged massacre us to be convicted. presidents of germany and italy came together to remember the victim
married from getting a range of federal benefits. >>> secretary of state john kerry issued a warning for iraqi leaders. the u.s. wants iraq to stop letting their air space be used for sup plies for syria. >>> and now, to the mysterious death of brkts oris. a top critic of president vladimir putin. he amassed his billion-dollar fortune in cars. he recently lost a massive lawsuit to a former associate. >>> 250,000 people crammed into st. peter's square waving olive and palm branches as the pope urged them to be humble and young at heart. he waved to the crowd from his open-air popemobile and leaned over to kiss and bless babies. >>> it's also an especially holy time for jews around the world. passover gins tonight. >>> the unforgettable honeymoon. as a great white breaks into a diverer's cage. >>> and a parking space we don't recommend. >>> welcome back. cyprus getting its bailout after days of uncertainty for the island nation. and the euro zone as a whole, a $13 billion deal was struck early this morning. and the financial markets are getting a boost on the news. u.s. stock futures a
is survived by his wife, parents, and sister. >>> happening right now secretary of state john kerry is making a surprise visit to afghanistan. he arrived a short time sag for an unannounced visit with president hamid karzai. he is concerned he may be jeopardizing ogress in the war against extremists. the transfer ceremony was originally scheduled to take place two weeks ago during chuck hagel's first visit. but negotiations broke down whether the u.s. would have the power to block the release of some detainees. an agreement reached over the weekend will give them the power to veto the release of the prisoners. >>> the 449 million project took about seven years to finish. the tunnels along highway 1 and pacifica and half-moon bay are the first to be built in california in 50 years. it will allow drivers to avoid that section of highway that is known for landslides. >>> crews are getting ready for the big electronic toll switch. crews will hang an electronic sign at the toll plaza today. and early wednesday morning the sign will be turned on and drivers will no longer stop. during the first day
. we'll keep you posted as we hear more about that. meantime secretary of state john kerry making a surprise visit to afghanistan in an effort, they say to repair fractured ties with that country. glad to have you with us on this monday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. secretary kerry finishing his middle east trip after a surprise trip to iraq of the he had a special sit-down with afghan president hamid karzai. it was his sixth time in afghanistan since president obama took office. his first as secretary of state. it comes at a krur time as the u.s. brings troops home turning more and more responsibility for security to the afghan government. chief washington correspondent james rosen joins me live now. james, bring us up to date. >> reporter: good morning. every leader between u.s. leaders and hamid karzai seems to be fraught with tension and this one is no different. aides say secretary kerry's talks will not dwell on the karzai's allegations that the u.s. and taliban are conspiring to weaken the afghan nation. rather they will discuss security concerns as the u.s. and nato
of the school in disgrace. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in afghanistan on an unannounced visit to see president hamid karzai. his visit come insiincides with over of a prison. the bagram military base is the only prison in afghanistan under u.s. control. after lengthy negotiations, u.s. officials reached a deal with afghan leaders to transfer control of the prison while ensuring dangerous prisoners would not be released. >>> as the u.s. supreme court prepares to tackle the issue of same-sex marriage, supporters will gather to rally in support. castro and market street and march to san francisco city hall for a rally. justices will consider whether states can deny same-sex couples the right to marry and whether the federal government can refuse to recognize married same-sex couples. daniel lee on capitol hill where people are already lining up for a seat in the court. >> reporter: people camping outside the supreme court bundled up, are waking up covered in snow. they have been waiting for days for a chance to see whether justices will strike down the laws limiting the rights of
: secretary of state john kerry met with afghan president hamid karzai today, and said the two nations are "on the same page" about making peace with the taliban. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we assess the challenges ahead for kerry and the u.s., winding down the war in afghanistan and dealing with tensions in iraq, syria, and the middle east. >> ifill: then, we update the movement on immigration reform, as president obama uses a citizenship ceremony to prod congress to send him a bill.
making the headlines. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has made a visit to afghanistan. it was a bid to improve relations as the u.s. continues handing over responsibility for security to afghan forces. >> afghan of stories have taken full control of the prison from u.s. officials. washington had repeatedly postponed the move for security concerns. it was the last attention facility in afghanistan run by americans. >> in burma, violence by buddhists against muslims have spread to more towns. they torched a mosque in the center of the country. at least 32 people have died in recent days of the violence. the government has deployed soldiers to the region and has declared a state of emergency. >> china's new president, xi jinping wants to intensify his ties to africa. it is one of hope and promise. on sunday, he signed -- with his counterpart. china, the world's most second -- the second-largest economy gets many of its materials from africa. >> time now for that soccer, as promised. the team has returned to training on sunday following their win over kaz expand. >> that world cup quali
. >> first, other stories stories making the headlines. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has made a visit to afghanistan. it was a bid to improve relations as the u.s. continues handing over responsibility for security to afghan forces. >> afghan of stories have taken full control of the prison from u.s. officials. washington had repeatedly postponed the move for security concerns. it was the last attention facility in afghanistan run by americans. >> in burma, violence by buddhists against muslims have spread to more towns. they torched a mosque in the center of the country. at least 32 people have died in recent days of the violence. the government has deployed soldiers to the region and has declared a state of emergency. >> china's new president, xi jinping wants to intensify his ties to africa. it is one of hope and promise. on sunday, he signed -- with his counterpart. china, the world's most second -- the second-largest economy gets many of its materials from africa. >> time now for that soccer, as promised. the team has returned to training on sunday following their win ove
. >>> happening right now secretary of state john kerry is making a surprise visit to afghanistan. he arrived a short time sag for an unannounced visit with president hamid karzai. he is concerned he may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremists. the transfer ceremony was originally scheduled to take place two weeks ago during chuck hagel's first visit. but negotiations broke down whether the u.s. would have the power to block the release of some detainees. an agreement reached over the weekend will give them the power to veto the release of the prisoners. >>> the 449 million project took about seven years to finish. the tunnels along highway 1 and pacifica and half-moon bay are the first to be built in california in 50 years. it will allow drivers to avoid that section of highway that is known for landslides. >>> crews are getting ready for the big electronic toll switch. crews will hang an electronic sign at the toll plaza today. and early wednesday morning the sign will be turned on and drivers will no longer stop. during the first days of th
. >> candy crowley, host of state of the union. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry made a surprise visit to iraq. will he be able to calm worries that iraq isn't acting like a that iraq isn't acting like a u.s. ally? t leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls. not a single pocket to hold the stress of the day, or the to-do list of tomorrow. only 14 clubs pick up the right one and drive it right down the middle of pure michigan. your trip begins at michigan.org. ...and we inspected his brakes for free. -free is good. -free is very good. [ male announcer ] now get 50% off brake pads and shoes at meineke. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in amman, jordan today after a surprise visit to iraq this weekend. he says u.s. lawmakers worry that after years of receiving u.s. help, iraq is not behaving like an ally. kerry has asked the iraqi prime minister not to allow iranian aircraft to use iraq's airspace. the u.s. believes the planes are carrying arms to the syrian regime. >>> these are uneasy times for pakistan's former president, pervez mesh rou
john kerry will be devoting his time and attention to trying to get the talks started again. so, i think it's a very careful political judgment by president obama, let john kerry spend his time seeing if he can get things going and if he can, and if the parade looks like it's moving ahead, then i think you'll see president obama become more visibly involved. >> jamie: well, be ambassador, secretary now kerry, will be making the trip. so what do you think we'll see in the next few weeks? >> well, i think the palestinians have got to be more realistic and accept the advice they've given freely to give up this pre-condition. whether they're in a position is anybody's guest and doesn't get anywhere close to the substance here, where the palestinian authority can only speak for part of the palestinian people. i really don't see any prospect in the near future of progress. not for lack of pressure by the administration on israel, but just because of the objective reality on the ground, on the west bank. >> jamie: the great and very complex risk of iran. what exactly did you read into wha
turn john kerry, who is quite capable, into a manager in chief on the israeli/palestinian issue. >> jamie: let me focus on that. what is realistic, aaron? the palestinians want settlement building to stop. benjamin netanyahu says no. can we ever get them to the table with preconditions? >> no, not with preconditions. i think the president really dodged the one headache he created for himself in the first term, when was to demand a comprehensive settlement freeze, which no israeli prime minister would agree. to so i think you will not see a resumption of formal negotiations. you will see quiet contacts between the israelis and palestinians and a lot of frequent flyer miles for john kerry, having separate conversations with the israelis and the palestinians to see whether or not there is a basis for some sort ofay agreement. but in the end, let's face it, no one ever lost monobetting against arab/israeli peace. >> jamie: what is at stake if it doesn't happen? >> i think a lot. there are a lot of kinetic issues, sir why's imploding, which is very, very source. iran, centrifuges are
. >> from afghanistan, secretary of state john kerry has landed on an unannounced visit. john kerry arrived a few hours ago in the capital after visiting iraq. this is video from the visit. he will meet the afghan president, karzai. >> same-sex marriage honk -- long road to the supreme court reaches the destination of supreme court. there are two cases, one the constitutionality of the banning of the same-sex marriage after the highest court ruled it legal four years after then san francisco mayor ordered the city clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. the high court will hear arguments on the defense of marriage act that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. the rulings are expected if -- in late june. >> lesbian cousin of chief justice john roberts lives in san francisco and will be sitting in the section reserved for family members and guests of chief justice roberts. "usa today" is told that county woulds knows he is a lesbian and the 48-year-old adds roberts is a good man and she trusted him to go in a "good direction" and says she has in personal know
of the prison and afghan prisoners at bagram. the ceremony took place after secretary of state john kerry met with the afghan president. karzai accused the u.s. recently of company lookedding with the taliban to undermine his government. he insisted as a matter of nothing samplety that the u.s. seized control of the prison and it's prisoners. the u.s. has been reluctant to give up control prisoners included taliban leaders. with president obama planning to end the u.s. combat role by the end of 2014 and the new security deal and an afghan president still pending kerry said this: >> you i think stand on the brisk of a remarkable legacy for having brought afghanistan through an amazingly difficult time. i believe that the roadmap ahead is going to be very clear and constructive. john: what happens to the prisoners who were tortured and those still held. we are joined by glenn grenwold. what a pleasure to have you back on the show. >> great to be back. >> the prison, what kind of place is it, what human rights abuses have taken place there and how is the u.s. supposed to be involved? >> it's as
to be here again. secretary of state john kerry is in the middle east. he is urging iraq to stop letting iran use its airspace to shuttle weapons and soldiers to the syrian government >> for those of us engaged in the effort to see president assad step down and a see a democratic process take hold with a transitional government government according to the geneva communique, for those of us engaged in that effort, anything that supports president assad is problematic. bill: so iran claims the flights contain humanitarian supplies. conor powell in the middle east bureau in jerusalem. first of all who is behind the car bomb, the car bomb hit on the rebel commander? >> reporter: so often is the case, bill, really tough to get accurate information coming out of syria. but it is not clear if it was the syrian regime that launched this assassination attempt or if it was sort of opposition rebel fact -- faction that may have launched attack on the colonel of the he is reportedly in stable condition in turkey after the attack. he was one of the original founders of the free syrian army. it has been so
. secretary of state john kerry. martin fletcher is live for must tel aviv with more. martin, good to see you, sir. who is kerry planning on meeting with? >> reporter: well, hi, craig. he is going to be seeing the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyau this evening, having dinner together. i guess if president obama's visit here to try to turn things around was step one in that attempt, step two is a visit now of the secretary of state john kerry. he is going to be meeting with the prime minister. he met earlier in the day in jordan with the palestinian leader, mahmoud abbas. his talks are all going to be about how it put into action what president obama talked about, which was a renewed peace process between israeli and the palestinians. that's what his job is going to be. there is hope there will be serious negotiations in tweaks if the americans have their way. >> one of the key headlines from the trip is the diplomatic deal he broader between israel and turkey. how significant is this olive branch between the two countries? >> reporter: i think very significant, craig. very significant
in the u.n. or the international criminal court. >> we'll see what comes out. and then john kerry is going to follow up on this. but i suspect that from the way that the wording is coming out there may be a softening of positions on both sides on this in terms of settlement. a restraining settlement activity. >> rose: and palestinian initiatives in the u.n.. >> right. >> rose: okay. the last one is empower secretary of state kerry. >> he hasn't done that yet. he really needs to do it because he's given this speech which has raised expectations sky-high about what the united states is going to do in the peace process. and if he doesn't back kerry up, because kerry is the one that is going to be doing it, kerry won't be able to succeed. >> my guess is knowing secretary kerry and knowing secretary clinton, that secretary kerry will give this because he passionately is interested in this more tension, individually on his own, than secretary clinton. >> he says it that the time, sorry, that the time for middlest envoy is over. >> he is a secretary that is widely perceived as being very close to
and intelligence allies in the region not speaking has been a huge, huge problem. so, the president-- john kerry, when he went to archg raon his maten trip as secretary of state, talkedded to erdjuan, and the president when he got here at his very first meeting with netanyahied with brought it up, and has been working it we're told each time they met. so it was set up that they went to the airport. they had a trailer set up, and netanyahi and obama went in and the call was made. and we were all wondering-- it took something like half an hour. and we wondered why so long, why was the president there, why did he get on the phone. what we're told is both netanyahu and erdjuan required the president to be there, for each one that gave that leader cover to do this sort of forced public. erdogan could say president obama has explained that it's very, very important for to us at least cooperate on security intelligence. i need to do this for my friend barack obama, and netanyahu could make the same case for the people criticizing him at home for apologizing to erdogan. >> you mentioned syria. when the
. secretary of state john kerry warned iraq about the flights during an unannounced visit to baghdad. the u.s. claims the iranian flights are carrying fighters and weapons to the syrian government. but iraq says there is no proof of that. >> just a reminder today is march 25th. it means it is indeed officially springtime. you wouldn't know it by the weather across the middle of the country. a storm system that dumped tons of snow across the plains and midwest targeting the mid-atlantic. storm watches and warnings from illinois to north carolina, new york. details from abc's larry jacobs. >> reporter: it is the winter that won't go away. from colorado to kansas to missouri, they're digging out from as much as 19 inches of snow. crews have been working nonstop to clear accidents and massive pileups caused by poor visibility and dangerous road conditions. driving around kansas city, missouri was still a challenge after this third major snowstorm hit there. the same system that brought snow to the midwest is making its way across the country. it spawned severe weather in the south. strong winds
. >> secretary of state john kerry says he's made it clear to iraq that it shouldn't allow iran to use its airspace to ship weapons and fighters to syria. u-s officials believe shipments on iranian overflights are transporting weapons and fighters to the embattled syrian government. kerry says iraq's behavior in allowing use of the airspace raises questions about the country's reliability as a partner. >> a mall in los angeles is open again after more than a thousand workers and shoppers evacuated over a suspicious briefcase. police say on sunday a man returned to his car located in the parking structure of the beverly center and discovered that a briefcase inside it had been moved. the man notified authorities and a bomb squad was called in. the mall was evacuated while authorities investigated for four hours. nothing dangerous was discovered. >> authorities say a 46- year-old man was rushed to a hospital burn unit after lighting himself on fire at an orange county nail salon. police say the man walked into the salon, doused himself with flammable liquid and set fire to himself just after
by aiding secular forces. secretary of state john kerry has urged iraq to take action to stop iranian flights carrying arms to the al-assad regime to iraqi airspace. john kerry made the comments during a surprise visit to baghdad where he met with iraqi prime minister of maliki. >> i made it very clear that for those of us who are engaged in an effort to see president al- assad step down and to see a democratic process take hold with the transitional government according to the geneva communicate, those of us engaged in that effort, anything that supports president al-assad is problematic. and i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helping to sustain president al-assad. and his regime. >> syriza's man opposition leader has announced his resignation in the latest sign of deep divisions among those fighting president a sad. moaz thank you said he was quitting as president of the syrian national coalition -- he had faced criticism from his own ranks for offering to negotiate with assad. and a further sign of turmoil among anti-government gro
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of state john kerry on his first official trip to afghanistan. kerry made a surprise stop to visit karzai today. nick, how is kerry trying to help karzai? >> reporter: i think leaning on that longtime friendship they talked about in the press conference today, perhaps trying to let people in washington know that the u.s. is working with the taliban to prevent violence denied by many there to suggest they can still work with him, he's still potentially an ally. but we're really talking about a very fraught relationship here that requires this kind of theater in front of cameras when really the u.s. and afghanistan should be working so closely, these vital agreements in the future, because of the drawdown that's happening now. they should be working in harmony, not trying to prove to everybody they can still get along, jake. >> nick, this is an unstable leader in an unstable country. what is the prognosis for karzai's continued success in afghanistan after almost all of the u.s. military leaves at the end of next year? >> reporter: well, he's potentially going to leave as well. i mean, he w
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